New FDM materials for Stratasys extends abilities of F900 and smaller F370 3D printers

Published 22 October 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, additive manufacturing, materials

Stratasys has unveiled several new durable, temperature and chemical resistant FDM thermoplastics for additive manufacturing, these materials can accommodate high temperatures and challenging requirements common on the factory floor.

For the Stratasys F900 there is a new PEEK-based Antero 840CN03 material, formulated to create custom tooling and parts with consistent electrostatic discharge (ESD) performance.

Additionally, Diran 410MF07 and ABS-ESD7 have been launched for the Stratasys F370 3D printer - with Diran a tough nylon-based material formulated by Stratasys, and ABS-ESD7 built for static-sensitive applications and previously only available on the Stratasys Fortus line.

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Stratasys launches faster J850 multi-material 3D printer

Published 22 October 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, stratasys, materials, prototyping, j750, stereolithography, j850

Nearly twice as fast and with an extra materials bay over its predecessor, Stratasys has unveiled the new flagship of its PolyJet 3D printing line-up, the J850.

‘Designed for designers’ is the key pitch from Stratasys, which has worked hard in upgrading the J750 in order to make colour 3D prototyping more of a reality - adding physical benefits to the printer to match up with work on the software (Pantone Validated colour referencing) and materials (fast printing DraftGrey and the new VeroUltraClear material for high clarity).

The new Super High Speed Mode married with the DraftGrey promises prints at double the speed of the J750, so should allow designers more time for concept iterations.

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New £35M UCLan university centre set to increase Lancashire’s advanced engineering capabilities

Published 18 October 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, education, university, uk, preston

A £35 million state-of-the-art teaching and research facility has opened at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), UK, as it looks to become one of the UK’s leading universities for engineering innovation.

Based at the University’s Preston campus, it will look to engage directly with industry and provide students with real-world experience on live, engineering-related projects

Cutting-edge research and teaching facilities include an additive manufacturing and workshop, an intelligent systems facility, a motorsports and air vehicles lab, a high-performance computing lab, a flight simulator suite as well as a fire, oil and gas engineering facility.

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Flyingshapes launches VR 3D CAD for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

Published 18 October 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, amd, design, nvidia, gpu, vr, tech, unity, flyingshapes

Available for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets, Flyingshapes’ VR CAD workflow allows for 3D spatial modelling with intuitive haptic controls and interactive tools for sketching, surfacing and collaboration.

Powered by Unity real-time rendering on mid- to high-end Nvidia or AMD GPUs, Flyingshapes is a 3D surface modelling tool that allows users to sketch, shape and refine high-end CAD models within a VR headset. Intuitive haptic controls enable users to mold and position objects with exact lines, curves and surfaces using hand gestures in an immersive 360-degree workspace.

Precise measurement tools and positioning aids ensure accuracy, with real-time rendering updating the model in real time. Collaboration tools enable teams to work on projects around the world and share models for review and feedback. Approved, final models can be exported in CAD file formats for 3D printing or use with traditional CAD applications.

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Pointwise Viewer launched for free CFD Mesh viewing

Published 15 October 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, simulation, cfd, pointwise

Pointwise has launched its free software for importing, viewing, measuring, and examining the cell quality metrics of virtually any mesh in 3D, display it in a variety of styles, and compute any of dozens of mesh quality metrics.

“There are plenty of CAD viewers on the market, free and otherwise, but virtually no mesh viewers,” said John Chawner, Pointwise’s president. “Yet we know there are many potential uses for software to help engineers analyse and evaluate meshes from a variety of sources.

“For example, such a need arose during recent AIAA CFD workshops. So we decided to make the mesh viewing and examining features of Pointwise available at no cost and without a license.”

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Varjo launch new HMDs, with integrated hand tracking for professional VR

Published 15 October 2019

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, vr, tech, varjo, vr headset, hmd

Varjo has added two new ‘industrial-grade’ VR headsets to its product range: The ‘human eye-resolution’ VR-2 and the VR-2 Pro feature integrated eye tracking and better software compatibility that now includes support for SteamVR and OpenVR.

The VR-2 Pro also adds advanced integrated hand tracking by Ultraleap (formerly Leap Motion) to support more intuitive interactions with high-fidelity VR content.

Support for SteamVR is an important development for design focused pro VR applications. The headsets will now work with Luxion KeyVR, Gravity Sketch and Mindesk VR, as well as the architectural focused Iris VR and Enscape, and others.

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How an inventive product to tackle DVT was brought to make with some slick tooling design

Published 10 October 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, manufacturing, cnc, hexagon, visi, hexagon mi

Having arrived at a design for a device to reduce the possibility of suffering a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), RBR Active needed to take it a step further and ready its Legflow product for manufacture.

The idea behind the device is to use it to carry out three simple foot exercises, leading to a claimed 11-fold increase in blood flow to the lower limbs - with its compact size making it effective anywhere during long periods of inactivity such as air travel, working in an office, being in hospital, or just through prolonged sitting.

This tough product would need to be injection moulded form polypropylene, so RBR contacted Fenton Precision Engineering in Northamptonshire to help design its idea for manufacture, bringing the concept to reality in under 11 months.

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